Qualifying – 5th
Race – 5th
After a fairly mediocre qualifying performance I was still confident as I knew my race pace was going to be decent (which I later proved). Something odd happened towards the end of the session as I was on target for improved my time by about 0.2 seconds, but it jumped to the leaderboard. Which was odd.
Now, the race. Oh my, the race.
I got monumentally shafted after a really great start off the line. I spent the first laps clearing slr and Ads before playing catch up with the front four. During this period I was becoming increasingly pleased with my pace, and I think it was Damon I caught up with and passed?
I then pitted early for the primes on Lap 4. I came out and again, the car felt great and I was driving well. It was at some stage during this stint where I overtook the 2 Red Bulls, one of which had a bit of an off somewhere. I was in 3rd! Finally I was going to get a podium and something I felt was representative.
Boom. 2 penalties in the next chicane. And we’re talking by some fine margins here. I got to the end of the stint, and by the end of that AusSteve had caught up with me and overtook me. But he had a spin near the pit entrance! I went to pit, and I don’t know if the game sensed I was doing some illegal overtaking, but another penalty arrived, I was fuming.
The third stint was lonely, and again, in 3rd place. There was another penalty for a corner cut, which, admittedly, was more crude – it was more a case of not concentrating than cheating. I think another one came during the pit exit as well as I was dodging a backmarker. I’d hate for everyone to think I’m a cheat…I never really get more than one penalty, so it’s just one of them races.
So at least I know that us Saubers can beat the Red Bulls on race pace. Sorry to my team mate, feel like I’ve let you down! :( Congrats Ed, you outclassed the field.